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Case No. 18-2157

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In re the Marriage of Carter

Jessie Kate Carter, Petitioner-Appellant

Jared LeGrand Carter, Respondent-Appellee

Attorney for Appellant

David L. Jungmann

Attorney for Appellee

Jamie Hunter

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-2157
Date Published:
Aug 07, 2019
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Union County, Dustria A. Relph, Judge.  AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (12 pages)

            Jessie Carter appeals the district court’s decree dissolving her marriage to Jared Carter.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the district court’s findings on the award of shared physical care to be thorough and well-written and agree with the court’s conclusions.  We also find the district court’s decision to not award spousal support to be equitable.  We further find the district court did not abuse its discretion in its award of attorney fees to Jessie.  Accordingly, we affirm the district court’s decisions on shared care, spousal support, and attorney fees.  Given the parties’ economic positions and the significant disparity in income, equity requires Jared pay seventy-five percent of the children’s educational and extracurricular-activity expenses and Jessie pay twenty-five percent.  We modify the dissolution decree to require the parties to pay the expenses in accordance with those percentages.  Considering the parties’ economic positions and the minor modification in Jessie’s favor, Jared shall pay $1000.00 toward Jessie’s appellate attorney fees.  Costs on appeal shall be assessed one-half to each party. 

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